People & the Environment

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For decades, transportation policies focused on the efficient movement of vehicles and goods without always considering the underlying economic, environmental, and social impacts. Just as important is the accessibility the system provides for people; whether it’s getting to a job, or school, shopping, entertainment, or recreation. At the same time, transportation remains the largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions and while automobiles have become more efficient over time, these improvements are offset by an overall increase in driving, trucking, and air travel. Proposals for reducing emissions include electrification, increased investment in active and shared transportation, and improved land use.

Democrats Amend 2016 Platform

July 27, 2016 Last week's ETW looked at the transportation policies outlined in the 2016 Republican platform and in a July 1 draft...

Preparing Our Towns & Cities for a Fleet of Self-Driving Vehicles

A substantial shift in transportation options is emerging, with various technologies advancing to market for connected and highly...

Side-by-Side Comparison of 2016 Republican Platform and Heritage Foundation “Blueprint for Reform”

2016 Republican Platform Heritage Foundation "Blueprint for Reform" "We propose to remove from the Highway Trust...

Party Platforms and Possible Governing Agendas

July 21, 2016 The 2016 Republican National Convention has adopted the 2016 Republican Platform. The transportation provisions of the...

Inhofe Pushes WRDA Bill, But Pre-Recess Schedule Still Tight

July 1, 2016 Senate Environment and Public Works Committee chairman James Inhofe (R-OK) last week again urged his Majority Leader to...

GMU Study Recommends Policies and Partnerships to Promote Real Time Information

A recent study by students at George Mason University (GMU) found that strategic improvements in policies and cross-agency...

THUD Appropriations Dropped From MilCon/VA/Zika Bill

June 23, 2016 As expected, the final version of what had been the fiscal 2017 Transportation-HUD-Military Construction-Veterans...

House Votes Preemptively Against Carbon, Crude Oil Taxes

June 15, 2016 The U.S. House of Representatives took two non-binding votes last week rejecting future energy taxes, and the...

House, Senate WRDA Bills Stall En Route To Chamber Floors

June 15, 2016 Public works committees in the House and Senate approved separate reauthorization bills for the water resources...

Foxx Gives Senate Panel Six-Month Status Update on FAST Act

June 15, 2016 Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx appeared before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on...

USDOT Issues Final Revisions to Metro/State Planning Rule

On May 27th, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) jointly released a final rule...

House Rejects FY17 Energy and Water Funding After Amending

On May 26, the House of Representatives defeated the fiscal 2017 Energy and Water Development appropriations bill (H.R. 5055) after...

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